What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to stay undefeated in important homestand vs. Lakers

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, right, looks to the basket as the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons defends in the second quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The Heat won, 102-101. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS AT MIAMI HEAT

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)

Records: Los Angeles 26-34, Miami 32-29

Line: Heat favored by 4.0 points

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Lakers

F: Brandon Ingram

F: Julius Randle

C: Brook Lopez

G: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

G: Lonzo Ball

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Justise Winslow

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Wayne Ellington (left quad contusion) is listed as doubtful and Tyler Johnson (left quad contusion) is listed as questionable. Both Ellington and Johnson were held out of Wednesday’s practice. … The Lakers will be without Channing Frye (appendectomy) and Josh Hart (left hand fourth metacarpal fracture). … Los Angeles enters on a three-game winning streak and has posted a 15-7 record over its past 22 games after starting the season with an 11-27 record. … The Lakers lead the NBA in paint points with 53.5 per game and are second in fast-break points with 17.3 per game. … Brandon Ingram is averaging a team-high 16.2 points for the Lakers this season. … The Heat are ranked seventh in the league in defensive rating, allowing 104.0 points per 100 possessions. But they are also 25th in offensive rating, scoring 103.3 points per 100 possessions. … Dwyane Wade is averaging 11.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal in six games since returning to Miami. … The Heat are 19-6 this season when holding opponents to under 100 points. … The Lakers and Heat have not faced off yet this season. After Thursday’s matchup, the two teams will meet again on March 16 in Los Angeles. … The Heat have started their critical five-game homestand with a 2-0 record.

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